Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007

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50. Tinariwen - Aman Iman

Tinariwen - Aman Iman
March 13, 2007
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

49. Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English

Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English
June 5, 2007
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

48. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
October 9, 2007
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

47. Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
October 23, 2007
Critic Score
85
14 reviews

45. Ricardo Villalobos - Fabric 36

Ricardo Villalobos - Fabric 36
September 10, 2007
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

44. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
September 18, 2007
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

43. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline
April 7, 2007
Critic Score
87
9 reviews

On their first album in almost six years, Kranky's drone stars explore the difference between music and sound, turning in an effort that's much more minimal and muted than 2001's outstanding The Tired Sounds of...

42. Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab

Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab
December 4, 2007
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

40. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
October 9, 2007
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

39. The White Stripes - Icky Thump

The White Stripes - Icky Thump
June 19, 2007
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

38. Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams

Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
December 11, 2007
Critic Score
67
17 reviews

37. Grizzly Bear - Friend

Grizzly Bear - Friend
November 5, 2007
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

36. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog

Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
September 25, 2007
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

35. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil

Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
September 11, 2007
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

32. Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance

Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance
October 30, 2007
Critic Score
66
6 reviews

31. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
January 23, 2007
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

30. Caribou - Andorra

Caribou - Andorra
August 21, 2007
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

Vernon gives a soulful performance full of intuitive swells and fades, his phrasing and pronunciation making his voice as much a purely sonic instrument as his guitar.

28. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond

Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
May 1, 2007
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

27. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 6, 2007
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

On Neon Bible, the band looks outward instead of inward, their concerns more worldly than familial, and their sound more malevolent than cathartic.

26. Various Artists - After Dark

Various Artists - After Dark
October 16, 2007
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

23. Studio - Yearbook 1

Studio - Yearbook 1
August 20, 2007
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

22. Okkervil River - The Stage Names

Okkervil River - The Stage Names
August 7, 2007
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

21. Dirty Projectors - Rise Above

Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
September 11, 2007
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

20. Liars - Liars

Liars - Liars
August 28, 2007
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

19. Feist - The Reminder

Feist - The Reminder
May 1, 2007
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

18. Kanye West - Graduation

Kanye West - Graduation
September 11, 2007
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

Though it doesn't quite match College Dropout or Late Registration in pleasure-center overload, Kanye West's third album is both his most consistent and most enterprising yet, indicating that he might actually deserve the legendary status he constantly ascribes to himself.

17. The National - Boxer

The National - Boxer
May 22, 2007
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

Like those on their last album, these songs reveal themselves gradually but surely, building to the inevitable moment when they hit you in the gut.

16. Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3

Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3
January 1, 2007
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

15. Justice - †

Justice - †
July 10, 2007
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

14. Deerhunter - Cryptograms

Deerhunter - Cryptograms
January 29, 2007
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

13. Jay-Z - American Gangster

Jay-Z - American Gangster
November 6, 2007
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

12. No Age - Weirdo Rippers

No Age - Weirdo Rippers
June 11, 2007
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

10. Burial - Untrue

Burial - Untrue
November 6, 2007
Critic Score
94
15 reviews

Untrue is an album meant to be heard at home, in the car, on headphones-- his songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener.

9. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
April 3, 2007
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

It's a bare bones compositional gambit that could wind up utterly irritating, but with the ears of a hip-hop cratedigger and the hands of a surgeon is bliss.

8. Battles - Mirrored

Battles - Mirrored
May 22, 2007
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

Mirrored is a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand.

7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
July 10, 2007
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

With Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon have once again found a gray area between the poles of pop accessibility and untested studio theorizing, modifying a formula that has grown to feel familiar even as it wanders, and refusing to square the circle while doing so.

6. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
September 10, 2007
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

The story of this record ... is the strength of Avey Tare's voice, and how his singing anchors these songs, invigorates the band's idiosyncratic melodies, and offers a clear portal into Animal Collective's utopian dreamworld.

5. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
January 23, 2007
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

It's not the direction many of their fans might've imagined they'd take, but it's that very attribute that makes it so ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable.

4. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
October 10, 2007
Critic Score
88
24 reviews

Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief.

3. M.I.A. - Kala

M.I.A. - Kala
August 21, 2007
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

For all the choices she might have made and the audiences she might have aimed at, the fresh-sounding, adventurous, and not-exactly-accessible Kala is the kind of record that obviously demanded a defined personal vision. 

2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 20, 2007
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

Far removed from the compressed, trebly, and overmastered paradigm that's gripped electronic music in the last decade, Sound of Silver sounds deep, spacious, and full-blooded.

1. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Panda Bear - Person Pitch
March 20, 2007
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

It sounds like what it is: one guy alone in his bedroom trolling through music history, picking and choosing bits to make something deeply personal and all his own.

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